AAPG E-Symposium Series
Virtual Field Trip: Geology of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks

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(May 31 - June 6), led by Garry Hayes

Garry Hayes
geotripper@aol.com  

Modesto Junior College

March 6, 2014


Questions & Readings

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Questions for CEU Credit:  Please write a brief (one paragraph) response to the questions and email them to educate@aapg.org
 What is the cause of the dramatic landforms in the Grand Staircase region?
What is the lithology of the Navajo? How thick is it and why?
What is the equivalent of the Mancos Shale in the Grand Canyon area?
What caused the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon?
What are some of the key geological features of Zion National Park?
Find the Coconino and the Toroweap formations.  What are their lithologies?


READINGS

GRAND CANYON, BRYCE CANYON, AND ZION NATIONAL PARK

Grand Canyon

1.)    National Parks Service
http://www.nps.gov/grca/naturescience/geologicformations.htm
Basic description of the geologic formations of the Grand Canyon.

2.)    Cross section of the Grand Canyon
http://dept.astro.lsa.umich.edu/~cowley/grand2.html
Cross sectional diagram of the Grand Canyon.

3.)    View of Cross Section
http://dept.astro.lsa.umich.edu/~cowley/grand3.html
View of the cross section from the Colorado River.

4.)    Grand Canyon Explorer
http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/geology/gc_geol.htm
Geologic history and formations of the Grand Canyon.

5.)    Grand Canyon Association
https://www.grandcanyon.org/learn/canyon-facts/grand-canyon-geology
Geology of the Grand Canyon (summary).

6.)    LiveScience
http://www.livescience.com/27489-grand-canyon.html
Location, formation, and facts about the Grand Canyon.

Bryce Canyon

1.)    National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/brca/forteachers/landforms.htm
Landforms of Bryce Canyon.

2.)    The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
http://brycecanyonforever.com/geology
Geology and structures of Bryce Canyon.

3.)    National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/brca/naturescience/geologicformations.htm
Geologic formations of Bryce Canyon.

4.)    Bryce Canyon
http://www.brycecanyon.com/about-bryce-canyon/bryce-canyon-geology
More geology of Bryce Canyon.

5.)    The Grand Staircase
http://www2.nau.edu/rcb7/Grand_Staircase.html
Description of “The Grand Staircase,” which contains both the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon.

6.)    The Grand Staircase
http://www2.nau.edu/rcb7/Grand_Staircase.jpg
Rocks of the Grand Staircase.

7.)    Utah Geology
http://www.utahgeology.com/roadguides.php?hw=I_70
Geology of Utah, including Bryce Canyon.


Zion National Park

1.)    National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/zion/naturescience/geologicformations.htm
Geologic formations of Zion National Park.

2.)    National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/zion/naturescience/fossil-collections.htm
Fossil collections of ZNP.

3.)    National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/zion/naturescience/arches.htm
Freestanding arches in ZNP.

4.)    GORP
http://www.gorp.com/parks-guide/travel-ta-zion-national-park-geology-sidwcmdev_067619.html
Geologic history of ZNP.

5.)    Canyon Engineering USA
http://www.canyoneeringusa.com/utah/zion/visitor-info/geology/
More geologic history of ZNP.

6.)    Zion National Park
http://www.ux1.eiu.edu/~cfrbj/parks/norris/zionnps.htm
Stratigraphy of ZNP.

7.)    National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/upload/Zion-Park-Map-Website.pdf
Map of ZNP.

8.)    ZionNational-Park.com
http://www.zionnational-park.com/zion-national-park-landmarks.htm
Landmarks of the area.